Death of detainee in Penang police lockup due to liver failure, post-mortem finds

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  • Monday, 27 May 2013

GEORGE TOWN: Police have confirmed that the death of a 40-year-old detainee in the Penang police contingent headquarters lock-up Sunday was due to liver failure.

State CID deputy chief, ACP Nasir Mohd Salleh said the nature of R.Jamesh Ramesh's death was confirmed by the hospital after a post-mortem.

He said there were no injuries on the body and no criminal element involved.

"Police have also recorded statements from the deceased's cellmates and they claimed that the deceased was in a state of 'high' throughout the night," he told reporters, here on Monday.

Jamesh Ramesh who was unemployed and had a criminal record for robbery was arrested in front of a community hall in Jalan Patani, here, on Saturday when he was found positive for morphine in a urine test.

Police only realised that he was dead when they came to the lock-up at 10.30am Sunday to bring him to court for a remand order. - Bernama

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